Bismack Biyombo is on his way, he’s making it. Asked by Stephanie Ready what was going through his mind in the frantic final 28 seconds of zaniness that led to a Bobcats win over the Toronto Raptors, Mack answered, “We have done a pretty good job as a team, and it was just big time.” How has his play and the team’s play been different lately? “The effort and the energy…it was just big time.” Has it been tough with Gerald Henderson and Tyrus Thomas’s injuries? “Just seeing a big time player go down…” You get the idea.
The Bobcats are now 6-4. Considering that the Cats were 7-59 last year, I thought we were a long way off from ever starting out a season 6-4 again. In fact, the next time I thought I would write that the Bobcats were 6-4, I’d be preceding it with, “Captain’s log, star date…” But Great Caesar’s Ghost, we’re here, and Bismack was a huge part of the latest triumph. The Congolese Nightmare had 11 points, 8 boards, and 2 blocks, none bigger than the Heisman he delivered on DeMar DeRozan’s layup attempt with 14 seconds left. This was part of a desperate sequence that featured two blocks, a huge pileup, and 5 missed shots on the hoop by the Raptors to preserve a 1-point Bobcats win—the whole thing was reminiscent of one of those cartoon chases where some object keeps getting swiped back and forth.